Flora Détraz and her mentor Sofia Jernberg had planned a two-part work-stay in Paris and Marseille, during which Détraz rehearsed with musicians to first experiment, and then fine-tune her performance piece HURLULA.
Jernberg was unable to join in person and thus consulted Détraz remotely as the mentee improvised with singer Isabelle Duthoit, trumpetist Yaw Tembe, and percussionist Lê Quan Ninh, exploring the endless expressive potential of screams. “I am interested in the act of screaming as an act of liberation,” says Détraz. Generously hosted by Atelier de Paris in the French capital, the improvisation sessions centered on testing screaming’s physical sound: is it flat? Round? Scattered? Where does it come from? What is its sonic range ? And how does the body contort while screaming? Coming from dance background, Détraz is interested in screaming’s embodiment.